Visual Studies

(by Hrach Bayadyan)

This workshop focuses on the research of contemporary visual culture and the issues raised by
various visual practices. How are we supposed to decipher the codes of the images flooding our

surroundings, which often do not originate from art, but from media and technology, and
address different aspects of social life? On the other hand, how are we supposed to read the
messages of those images or things that were produced for non-artistic purposes or using
aesthetic forms, hiding the ideas that gave birth to them in the demands of everyday life? These
are the type of questions that can drive researches which in turn references the following
theoretical frameworks:
a) Visual culture,
b) Image and text theories,
c) Visual symbolism,
d) Cultural studies, media studies.